Since Star Trek: Discovery takes place a mere 10 years before Star Trek: The Original Series timeline, it’s not surprise that we may get more of a glimpse on how the original series’ uniforms could look on the Discovery crew when season two arrives.
During Discovery’s panel at the 2018 WonderCon, showrunners Gretchen J. Berg and Aaron Harberts were asked about how Discovery’s Starfleet uniforms, which were created specifically for the show, transitions to how the uniforms looked in The Original Series.
Berg and Harberts offered a minimalist response going into details about logic of where the line of questioning can lead.
“I mean, we are in the same timeline,” Berg said. “This is the prime universe and we’re pretty close to when TOS happens.”
Harberts alludes to the teaser at the conclusion of Discovery’s first season when the crew does meet with the USS Enterprise, who sent a distress call summoning the crew to the iconic ship.
“Well, we bump up against the Enterprise at the end of our finale, and we know what kind of uniforms they wear. So, we will leave it at that.”
The current timeline predates The Original Series by 10 years so James T. Kirk is not captain, but rather his predecessor, Christopher Pike. The meeting also takes place around two years after The Original Series original pilot, “The Cage.” The Starfleet uniforms in the episode was also different than what was eventually decided on The Original Series.
Given how Discovery predates The Original Series and how the ship was fitted with technology not seen in future timeline shows, it will be an interesting dynamic how Starfleet keeps the secrets of the USS Discovery off the books.
Star Trek: Discovery begins filming its second season in April.